September 14, 2014

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Brunswick police seek to replace older rides

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick police hope to purchase three new Ford sport-utility vehicles and a Dodge Charger to replace four of the department’s Ford Police Interceptors, which are based on full-size Crown Victoria sedans.

The purchases are part of regular fleet upkeep, Police Chief Carl DeForest said during a committee meeting Monday with City Council members.

Money already has been set aside for the cars in this year’s budget said DeForest, who’s also interim city manager. The Dodge Charger requested would cost $27,900 and the Ford Interceptor SUVs would cost $100,350 and be used by patrol supervisors who carry extra equipment, he said.

“The Fords are also four-wheel drive and carry equipment we use in dangerous situations,” DeForest said.

Equipment like ballistic shields, entry tools, road spikes and automated external defibrillators would be included in the vehicles. Supervisors now use cars that sometimes can’t accommodate all that equipment.

DeForest said supervisors are out on the roads doing active supervision of patrol officers and would be only minutes away if a call came in and they were needed at a scene with their equipment.

Council moved his request to a second reading and plans to approve the purchase with emergency language after the third reading in early March so the cars can be ordered.

“It can take up to 10 months to get the cars sometimes,” DeForest said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.